UNC Charlotte and its many partners through the UCITY Family Zone are continuing to expand their efforts to improve social determinants of health in the local community with a $220,000 grant award from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. With this funding, the UCITY Family Zone will further its work in addressing social drivers of health and well-being for high-risk families who reside in and around the University City community.
“We are thankful for this funding to help us manage social determinants, which account for over 70% of health care outcomes, and to improve social connectivity throughout the UCITY Family Zone,” said Mark DeHaven, UNC Charlotte Dean W. Colvard Distinguished Professor of Community Health and co-director of the UCITY Family Zone. “This work has been years in the making and the award will help to refine and test evidence-based approaches for improving the quality of life for residents, while also guiding Medicaid transformation and other health reform efforts to directly improve population health outcomes in low-income communities.”
UCITY Family Zone will receive $110,000 per year for two years. The grant will help to improve services for families at highest risk of poverty-related illnesses and early death due to social and demographic characteristics such as unstable housing, food insecurity, low educational attainment and economic instability.
A collaborative, place-based initiative, UCITY Family Zone empowers community members in ways that increase opportunities and improve conditions for enhanced quality of life.
Read more about UCITY at Inside UNC Charlotte.